Eric E. Ballou, Megan Martz Gilliland and Peyton M. Stroud Join Kaufman & Canoles

    By Corporate & Public Finance

    Kaufman & Canoles is pleased to announce the addition of Eric E. BallouMegan Martz Gilliland and Peyton M. Stroud to expand the firm’s nationally recognized municipal and public finance team.

    Mr. Ballou’s practice focuses on public finance, transportation and local government matters, including traditional governmental finance, securities, state and local government law and public-private partnerships. Mr. Ballou also serves in a general counsel capacity to local and regional governmental entities. Ms. Gilliland specializes in complex business transactions including public finance; local government; business tax; and general corporate business matters for a distinguished client base. Ms. Gilliland also represents governmental bodies across the Commonwealth on municipal governance matters. Ms. Stroud’s practice focuses on public finance, general business and local government matters.

    Together Mr. Ballou, Ms. Gilliland and Ms. Stroud bring 47 years of experience in public finance transactions and their client roster includes borrowers, issuers, lenders and underwriters in various tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions, with an emphasis on governmental and 501(c)(3) and education financings, including governmental project financings and private activity bond matters.

    Mr. Ballou received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1982 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. Ms. Gilliland received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from William & Mary in 2002, a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2005, and a Master of Laws, with distinction, in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. Ms. Stroud earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 2011 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond in 2016.

    At Kaufman & Canoles, Mr. Ballou, Ms. Gilliland and Ms. Stroud will further share their business and tax knowledge on corporate transactions including corporate formation and structuring, capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, asset protection, liability, risk management and joint ventures. They will enhance the Business Tax practice group with their proficiency in tax-exempt organizations, including forming and obtaining federal tax-exempt status, and advising on maintaining tax-exempt status and other ongoing operational matters.

    Eric, Megan and Peyton bring a wealth of experience to our municipal and public finance practice, said William R. Van Buren, III, Chairman of Kaufman & Canoles. Their entrepreneurial spirit meshes well with our culture and their broad experience will further our mission of seeking successful outcomes for our clients. Their impressive track records will allow us to enhance our public finance practice and expand and better serve our client base.

    Mr. Ballou is a Fellow in the American College of Bond Counsel. He is also a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, serving as the former Education Committee Chair and on the Board of Directors. Ms. Gilliland is the Immediate Past President of Virginia Women in Public Finance and is a member of the National Association of Bond Attorneys, and The Bar Association of the City of Richmond. Ms. Stroud serves on the Junior Board of The Faison Center and is active in Virginia Women in Public Finance and a member of The Bar Association of the City of Richmond.

    Kaufman & Canoles’ Corporate & Public Finance Team has been nationally recognized in the area of public finance since 1974 and has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, bank’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, and swap counsel in numerous tax-exempt and taxable financings during that period. The team has experience in all types of capital structures, including general obligation bonds, project revenue bonds, pooled financing structures, variable rate demand obligations, lease revenue bonds, utility system revenue bonds, airport revenue bonds, subject-to-appropriation bonds, commercial paper financings, special assessment financings, exempt facility bonds, private activity bonds, direct subsidy tax credit bonds, and public-private partnerships.

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